People are talking about Chad Harbach’s debut novel, The Art of Fielding, (Little, Brown, 9/7, Hachette Large Print, 9780316204729).

It debuts on this week’s Indie Best Seller list at #15, just behind another strong, but less-hyped literary debut, We The Animals by Justin Torres (HMH; Blackstone Audio).


Here’s the buzz:

  • In a move M.C. Escher would envy, Harbach’s co-editor at n+1, has written an article about the “making of the book” that appears in the October issue of Vanity Fair. It is also being released as an “expanded ebook” (dying to read it, since it’s supposed to be filled with industry gossip, but the article is not available on VF‘s Web site. I am watching my mailbox for my oh-so-19th C print copy of the magazine to arrive).
  • It’s the New Yorker‘s September Book Club pick (featuring a live chat with the author at the end of the month). It’s also on nearly every fall book preview.
  • Michiko likes it — a lot. In the daily NYT, Kakutani says it ” is not only a wonderful baseball novel — it zooms immediately into the pantheon of classics, alongside The Natural by Bernard Malamud and The Southpaw by Mark Harris — but it’s also a magical, melancholy story about friendship and coming of age that marks the debut of an immensely talented writer.”
  • But let’s not trust Kakutani just because she’s so hard to please (and she has a Pulitzer Prize). On GalleyChat, librarians have been enthusiastic about it for months.
  • It’s difficult to tell how library users are responding to all the talk; holds are heavy in some libraries, but not at all in others. It’s one to keep your eye on.

2 Responses to “Talking About THE ART OF FIELDING”

  1. Melanie Says:

    I just finished it last night. A 500 page book that didn’t take long to read because I had to find out what was going to happen, and I was sad when it ended. It’s not about baseball, it’s about life. And I’m going to recommend it to all my library patrons.

  2. Jan Says:

    I loved both The Art Of Fielding and We The Animals. Different, but great.